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NH Fishing Report - June 16, 2017

Greetings fellow anglers!

Scott Decker

Good fishing continues during the month of June.  Bass anglers have been having phenomenal action using topwater plugs in the last couple of weeks.  Male bass will aggressively attack these lures defending their nests or during the post-spawn period.  Best luck is early or late in the day.  Trout stocking is pretty much wrapped up in southern New Hampshire but continues up north in a few waters. Check the stocking report to see where we've stocked trout the previous week. 


Wondering what to get that dad or grad this year?  How about a NH fishing license?  Gift certificates are available at Fish and Game office in Concord.  You can also order one over the phone by calling (603) 271-3422.  Your loved ones might also enjoy a subscription to the Department's magazine, NH Wildlife Journal. Also, don't forget to send me your reports or photos by dropping me a line at




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Connecticut River brown trout. Photo courtesy of Tall Timbers Fishing Blog. Select image for larger view.

In the North Country, biologist Andy Schafermeyer says the Connecticut River near Lyman Falls in Columbia has been hot lately (the fishing, not the water!).  Brookies, brown, and rainbows have been taking streamer flies with abandon as of late. Try using yellow or olive-colored streamers for success. Mirror Lake in Whitefield has also been producing good catches of brook trout for anglers trolling streamers.  I've gotten some good reports of anglers doing well on trout in the Bethlehem area of the Ammonoosuc River. The section between Littleton and Woodsville has been good for brown trout.  River flows are at or slightly above longtime averages.


In the Lakes Region, it's a good time to hit some of the remote ponds such as the Sawyer Ponds (Livermore), Flat Mountain Pond (Waterville) or Peaked Hill Pond (Thornton).  Packing in a float tube is probably the best way to fish these ponds that are stocked annually with fingerling brook trout.  Check the Aerial Trout Stocking webpage for more possible destinations.


Salmon fishing can be a little tough this time of year, as salmon key in on the abundant midge larvae that are hatching now in the big lakes.  Bass that are moving off their nests are hungry and looking for a meal and it's a good time to throw fly rod poppers or surface plugs with spinning gear.  Big panfish will also take these lures as they are in their spawning mode now, protecting their nests.  Soon the big lakes will begin to establish their thermoclines and the salmon will go deep, but they can be caught with some consistency by anglers using downriggers.


In Southwestern New Hampshire, Kezar Lake in Sutton was fishing well for multiple species.  Spinnerbaits were doing the trick for crappie, bass, and even rainbow trout!  American shad are returning in great numbers this year on the Connecticut River.  Over a half million adult shad have passed the fishway at the Holyoke Dam in Massachusetts, which is well over 100,000 more than last season.  A percentage of these fish make their way into the New Hampshire section of the Connecticut River, and can provide a bonus to the angler who is willing to target them.  It is strictly a "catch-and-release" fishery, but they can put up a good fight on light tackle.  Try fishing below the Vernon Dam which spans the river from Hinsdale, NH, to Vernon, VT.  Best access is off VT Route 142 on Governor Hunt Road.  Small jigs known as "shad darts" are a popular tackle for these fish.  In-line spinners cast into the current also work well.


In Southeastern New Hampshire, I got a report of an angler having good success in the Milton Three Ponds area on brown trout.  This series of lakes (Milton Pond, Townhouse Pond, Northeast Pond) are a single impoundment formed by a dam on the Salmon Falls River in the town of Milton. 


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Striped bass success! Photo courtesy of D. Brooks.

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Anglers are picking up some brookies on the Isinglass River in the Barrington area fishing with dry flies in the evenings.  Since stocking has finished for the year in this region, trout remaining in the streams have likely moved from the easily accessible stocked sites. Be prepared to move up or downstream from bridge crossings or from where a road comes near the stream.  Trout pond anglers may have more success fishing deep or in the early morning or evening hours, away from the mid-day heat.


On the Seacoast, we've been getting more reports of many keeper-size (28") striped bass being caught. Consistent catches of stripers have been reported from anglers fishing near the bridges from Portsmouth to Great Island Common.  Live mackerel seems to be the best bait right now.  Also, we received a report of a potential bluefish being hooked and lost in Hampton Harbor, which seems a bit early.  Reports of flounder fishing success in Rye Harbor are also coming in.  Read this handy guide PDF Document for shorefishing sites on the seacoast.




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